Saturday 10 December 2016

Mjallby fires Celtic warning

Published 01/01/2012 | 05:00

CELTIC assistant manager Johan Mjallby has warned against complacency when the SPL table-toppers visit Dunfermline tomorrow.

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The Hoops' 1-0 win over Rangers at Parkhead on Wednesday night -- their ninth SPL victory in a row -- took them two points clear of their Ibrox rivals.

"We need to be careful," said Mjallby, the former Celtic defender. "We are playing really well at the moment and the confidence is there, but it's a case of making sure the players don't get ahead of themselves. It's a tricky game."

Bohs appoint Callaghan

Aaron Callaghan has been appointed as the new manager at Bohemians.

Callaghan's most recent position was as first-team coach with St Patrick's Athletic and prior to that he was with Crusaders, Athlone Town, Longford Town and UCD.

During his career as a footballer, Callaghan played as a defender with Stoke, Oldham, Crewe and Preston over a 10-year period.

Leicester slip further adrift

Leicester's hopes of reaching the Premier League took another blow after they were held at home by Portsmouth. They needed an equalising goal from former Pompey striker David Nugent to rescue a point after Marko Futacs grabbed the lead for the away side.

The Foxes are on a five-game winless run and will begin the new year languishing in mid-table in the Championship.

Vaz Te treble downs Leeds

Ricardo Vaz Te came off the bench to fire a brilliant hat-trick and inspire Barnsley to a first league double over Leeds in 22 years.

Vaz Te netted in the 16th, 50th and 72nd minutes, with Craig Davies adding a wonderful third on the hour. Leeds, without a win in four games now, barely looked like scoring until Luciano Becchio's late consolation.

Speculation will now surround the future of United manager Simon Grayson, with owner Ken Bates having demanded promotion this season.

Wolves set up Frimpong deal

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will join Wolves on loan from today until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old has forced his way back into the reckoning after a serious knee injury on the eve of the 2010/11 season saw him sidelined until April. The Ghanaian-born player has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season.

Green header nails Hammers

Teenage striker Callum Ball and Paul Green struck early in the first half as Derby closed in on the Championship's top six with a 2-1 win over West Ham, who dropped to third place behind Middlesbrough after Tony Mobray's side drew at home to Peterborough.

Ball, 19, struck his second senior goal from the edge of the penalty area in the second minute and Ireland midfielder Green headed his first goal in over a year eight minutes later.

West Ham, depleted by injuries and suspensions, have won only one of their last five league games.

Hughton ends year on high

A Carling Cup triumph and relegation from the Premier League made 2011 a year to remember and forget for Birmingham City, but Chris Hughton's side rounded it off in style yesterday with a 3-0 victory over Blackpool, who had both manager Ian Holloway and skipper Barry Ferguson sent off.

Curtis Davies deservedly headed dominant City in front just before half-time, before Marlon King added a second on 52 minutes. The Blues -- the only unbeaten side on home soil in the second tier -- rounded off victory in the 89th minute when Nathan Redmond scored from the edge of the area.

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